Ashland University Master’s Program Receives Recognition

Ashland University Master’s Program Receives Recognition
Ashland University students work with the isokinetic machine in the sport sciences lab at the University.


2/10/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s master of education program in applied exercise science has been accepted into the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP). The recognition is valid for a three-year period ending Dec. 31, 2016.

“This news means that our program is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as meeting all of the NSCA requirements in strength and conditioning,” said Dr. Randy Gearhart, chair and professor of health sciences at Ashland University.

“Our program is designed to concentrate on the strength and conditioning aspects and this recognition will be a recruiting tool to help us bring in more students,” Gearhart said. “AU is one of only seven schools in Ohio with this recognition and one of only a few with a graduate program offering.”

Currently, Ashland University has 16 active students in the M.Ed. program, with courses being held on the AU main campus and the Columbus Center.

“We are currently in the process of requesting that the M.Ed. be converted to a Master of Science degree in applied exercise science,” he said. “All the work has been done and we are close to submitting this application request to the Ohio Board of Regents.”

This request for degree change was made because the applied exercise science program is now housed in the new College of Nursing and Health Sciences at AU.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###